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  1. The Cites II rules allow you to carry a personal instrument with up to 22 lbs of a restricted wood. It is only the commercial shipping of these woods that is disallowed. There is a special exemption for selling and shipping antique instruments but that requires documentation and proof of age by an expert. I would be more worried that bone buttons might be mistaken for Ivory which would mean immediate confiscation. Has anyone had any experience with this? There is a list of restricted woods on the Cites II website, so check before you buy anything that needs to be shipped across borders. An ebay flute was recently confiscated because its seller didn't realize that the wood he was sending was on the restricted list. He disclosed the wood species on the shipping label as requested without being aware that it was a problem.


    I'd be interested in hearing from others who have traveled with their personal instruments. I know even antique guitars have some problems due to ivory, true tortoise or certain kinds of pearl which has had them confiscated.


    If you have a concern about your instrument you can email US Fish and Wildlife. They got back to me quickly. I would think having a print out of an email stating that it was ok to travel with your personal instrument might be a handy thing to have in your instrument case. And if you can dig up any documentation regarding when you purchased it that might be a good idea as well.

    Do you happen to have the email address of the person at US Fish and Wildlife that got back to you? I called once and the person I spoke with really did not know as much as you seem to know.

    I really need to get this straight because I would like to just keep the Dipper I recently got and sell my Morse. The Morse , by the way is quite nice. I just only need one.

  2. I spent the better part of a year exploring this repertoire not too long ago. Here’s the YouTube playlist:




    And here’s the discussion thread, with documentation for all the songs, that accompanied it on this site:




    There are plenty of omissions, as my choices were skewed toward Tin Pan Alley (i.e., American) songs of the period, whether war-themed or not. But I tried to strike a balance between familiar chestnuts and more obscure numbers, to give a sense of what people were singing on this side of the Atlantic, at any rate, in the teens of the last century.


    I had a lot of fun working up (Anglo) concertina arrangements for the songs. Enjoy!


    Bob Michel

    Near Philly


    This is just a wonderful set of tunes. Thank you

  3. Can anyone tell me about their current experiences or if they know the specific rules for taking a wooden Concertina across the US/Canadian border? I know there is a problem with Rosewood and Ebony but I dont know about other woods or how to find out. I am about to buy an older Dipper but we dont know what wood is on it and I do have to cross the border now and again.

  4. Hi Gary,

    I have no "cowboy song" to submit, but I'm longing to buy this book when ready.

    Between gifts and personal boughts, I have now all of your anglo tutors. I find them very clear, "sober" (I mean without many "disturbing" pics or anecdotes). There are plenty of tunes ; I find them accurately chosen and sorted. Congratulations for this well-done work.

    So ! When this book will be ready, I would be glad to know it. :)


    I so agree
  5. I am strongly considering attending this years Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg Nova Scotia. Just wondering if any of the Anglo players here have attended in the past. I just started playing in September so I want to be sure this would fit. It started as a Flute event but has grown considerably. They offer slow playing each day and a Concertina instructor.




    Any thoughts?

  6. I really appreciate all the suggestions and will probably try several different ones.

    And yes I was a math teacher. But I will have to go slow on any music theory because I am learning so many new things at the same time.

    I am really glad I was directed to Gary Coovers books because I can at least feel like I am making some progress.

  7. So here I am, 66 years old and just playing my first instrument. I am using Gary Coovers books but I really would like to read music. I live in a very remote area. There are music instructors but no concertina players. If anyone can suggest an app, a way to practice reading music that would be great. All suggestions are welcome

  8. I found Bob to be really very nice when I contacted him about my interest before it was listed on eBay. Unfortunately it was not in my budget. I am sure if you have interest in this instrument you should contact him.

    I also know that ivory or rosewood can cause real issues especially if you are crossing borders.

  9. I agree with Jody......don't do it....don't shy away from something that seems hard right now.....I know you want to progress fast but you must realize it takes a long time. Progress will be slow(it is for all of us) but do it correctly! You will thank yourself later.


    What tune are you trying to play that is giving you trouble. I find that most adult try to play tunes to hard for them. If this is so, put it aside and come back to it a year from now to see how it goes. Some tune just don't work on the anglo.


    Have fun!



    Sad thing is it is not anything very difficult. Just Fevre Jacque from Gary Coover's book. When I try to hit the little finger it comes out really weak. But I appreciate the encouragement and will keep trying.


    I was having trouble finding the above mentioned tutorial -- here's the current link.


    Just to let you know that my tutor is still there as a free down load if anybody wants it.

    It was recorded for Anglo beginners and is a help for twenty button playing.

    It was the way I found to enable my left hand to accompany my right.


    So isn’t still available somewhere? This link is not work8 g for me. Thank you for this

  11. So I understand which buttons on an Anglo are supposed to be played with my little finger but I find I dont do very well on my left hand for the second to the last button . I do much better if I use my ring finger. Is this verboten or sacrilegious? Will I be developing a terrible habit?

  12. I hadn't been aware of this song as yet.


    The High Ranters' version seems to be unfortunately not available in Germany - however the banjo version is very likable and gets me a bit hooked on the song, will give it a try I guess.


    Thanks for the hint!

    If you would be so kind to post a recording if you do

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